|Woodsy and the gang lend a hand to protect the land in Woodsy Owl #2 (1973).|
|Cover to issue #8 (1973).|
A few days ago I received a box from online retailer MyComicShop.com which included five issues of the Gold Key/Western Publishing series, Woodsy Owl. The entire series consisted of ten issues in all released from 1973-1975. None of the issues I bought were in anywhere near "Fine" condition, but that was not why I purchased them in the first place. It is just kind of neat to have in my hands something that was released when I was four years-old, hand wanted, and am only now reading some forty years later.
Each issue tells the story of Woodsy and his friends (Loose Moose, Dinah Duck, Robby Raccoon, musical group The Auntie Polluters, and Bitsy among others) battling all types of pollution as well as presenting (a in a childlike manner) the impact of pollution on the environment. Perhaps foreshadowing the modern day comic book approach of having each cover be more of a pin-u than a refection of the book's contents, each cover of Woodsy Owl is a PSA all it's own asking the reader to "Give a Hoot!"
|From Woodsy Owl #6: our hero convinces his friend to cross-dress so he can |
have more time for his radio broadcasting career (seriously)!
Unfortunately, Woodsy Owl has never been collected into a trade paperback, but it is however available for purchase either online or in some longer-lived shops, at a reasonable price. The price is reasonable, that is, as long as it is an "entertainment" investment," rather than a speculative, financial one. I, for one, believe that's what comic book purchases should be anyway.